Reflections: Top Natural Wonders

We regularly felt floored by the scenery around us during the trip.  Here were our highlights… The Himalayas, Nepal The backdrop of our 3 week trek.  Epic. To see more here 2. The Andes, Chile / Argentina We saw the range from the East (Argentina), West (Santiago) and from a plane and from a bus when crossing…

Reflections: Top Wildlife Encounters

The good and the not so good….. Snorkelling with Whale Sharks, Mexico Open ocean snorkelling with sharks as big as buses.  Yikes. To read more click here 2. Horses in Argentina On the morning we heard that the UK had chosen ‘Brexit’ – we seriously considered taking our horses and riding off into the sunset to…

Reflections: Amazing Architecture (ancient)

Indonesian Temples, Bali Temples being slowly reclaimed by nature on the humid and tropical island of Bali.  To read more click here 2. Angkor, Cambodia As amazing as everyone says.  Watching sunrise over Angkor Wat was breathtaking (even with the crowds of other people!) To read more click here 3. Ayutthaya, Thailand Explore the lesser…

Reflections: Amazing Architecture (modern)

Not all of the stand out architecture was old; we saw some very interesting, weird, wonderful and grand modern structures as well! Taipei 101, Taiwan Built like a giant stick of bamboo!  To read more click here 2. Marina Bay Hotel and Supertree Grove, Singapore Singapore showing off (rightly so).  To read more click here 3. Langkawi…

Tulum and Akumal, Mexico – The Mayan Riviera!

A visit to Tulum is often high on the ‘must-see’ list for travellers to the Yucatan Peninsula.  This seems to be mostly to visit the unusual coastal ruins or one of the many white sand beaches that are dotted down the coastline facing the turquoise blue Caribbean sea. Tulum town itself is a few kilometres…

Valladolid, Mexico

For the Yucatan peninsula’s third largest city, Valladolid feels beautifully quiet and tranquil.  Like a mini-Merida but more low-key.  The tour buses sometimes stop here en route from Cancun to Chichen Itza and for around an hour in the afternoon the main plaza becomes a frenzy of tourist activity before quickly returning to the peaceful…